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Caisse for celebration

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Race leader Robert Gesink (Rabobank) in action during stage 8.

Race leader Robert Gesink (Rabobank) in action during stage 8.
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Race leader Robert Gesink (Rabobank) refuels during stage 8.

Race leader Robert Gesink (Rabobank) refuels during stage 8.
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) would successfully defend his yellow jersey.

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) would successfully defend his yellow jersey.
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Swiss road champion Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank).

Swiss road champion Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank).
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Tom Danielson (Garmin - Transitions) would finish the stage in 7th place.

Tom Danielson (Garmin - Transitions) would finish the stage in 7th place.
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Lars Petter Nordhaug (Sky) was part of the day's decisive break.

Lars Petter Nordhaug (Sky) was part of the day's decisive break.
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Maxime Monfort (HTC - Columbia) tries to put as much time as possible into leader Robert Gesink (Rabobank).

Maxime Monfort (HTC - Columbia) tries to put as much time as possible into leader Robert Gesink (Rabobank).
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Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) en route to a 14th place finish on stage 8.

Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) en route to a 14th place finish on stage 8.
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Race leader Robert Gesink (Rabobank) worked hard to defend his yellow jersey.

Race leader Robert Gesink (Rabobank) worked hard to defend his yellow jersey.
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Fränk Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) attacks from the yellow jersey group.

Fränk Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) attacks from the yellow jersey group.
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Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Caisse d'Epargne) and Maxime Monfort (HTC - Columbia) in pursuit of Rui de Costa.

Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Caisse d'Epargne) and Maxime Monfort (HTC - Columbia) in pursuit of Rui de Costa.
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Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) soloed to victory in stage eight.

Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) soloed to victory in stage eight.
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Lars Petter Nordhaug (Sky) finishes in 6th place on stage 8.

Lars Petter Nordhaug (Sky) finishes in 6th place on stage 8.
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Lance Armstrong is showing signs of coming into form

Lance Armstrong is showing signs of coming into form
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Da Costa takes stage 8 of the Tour de Suisse

Da Costa takes stage 8 of the Tour de Suisse
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Race leader Robert Gesink (Rabobank) celebrates another day in yellow.

Race leader Robert Gesink (Rabobank) celebrates another day in yellow.
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) remains in yellow after the penultimate stage.

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) remains in yellow after the penultimate stage.
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Stage winner Rui Da Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) salutes the crowd from the podium.

Stage winner Rui Da Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) salutes the crowd from the podium.
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Rui Da Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) celebrates his stage win at the Tour de Suisse.

Rui Da Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) celebrates his stage win at the Tour de Suisse.
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A happy Rui Da Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) steps up to the podium after winning a hard-fought stage eight.

A happy Rui Da Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) steps up to the podium after winning a hard-fought stage eight.
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Rui Da Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) earns his second victory of the season.

Rui Da Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) earns his second victory of the season.
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Rui Da Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) wins the Tour de Suisse's eighth stage in Liestal.

Rui Da Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) wins the Tour de Suisse's eighth stage in Liestal.
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) kept hold of the leader's jersey

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) kept hold of the leader's jersey
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Rui Da Costa led home a Caisse d'Epargne one-two on stage eight of the Tour de Suisse, with teammate Jose Joaquin Rojas in second and HTC-Columbia's Maxime Monfort in third. Robert Gesink (Rabobank) kept his grip on the yellow jersey.

Da Costa broke away in the final kilometres of an exhilarating stage that saw a dangerous break threaten Gesink's advantage.

"We both worked together really well," Da Costa told reporters at the finish. "In the end that helped me to the victory. The Tour de Suisse is a great event and getting a stage victory is nice. It was a hard day today but now our minds turn to the Tour de France."

The stage start in Wetzikon was overshadowed by the news that Kim Kirchen (Katusha) was rushed to hospital last night, having suffered a suspected heart attack and it took a while before the bunch sprung into action. Ahead of them was what looked liked a relatively predictable 172.km of racing, comprising of three third category climbs and an undulating finishing circuit.

With around 30 kilometres completed the day's break took shape, comprised of Tom Danielson (Garmin-Transitions), Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas-Doimo), Maxime Monfort (HTC-Columbia), Rui Da Costa and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne), Gregory Rast (RadioShack), Sandy Casar (Française Des Jeux), Lars Petter Nordhaug (Team Sky) and Gerald Ciolek (Milram).

With Monfort sitting just over five minutes down on Gesink the Belgian national time trial champion was a clear threat and Monfort was one of the group’s main instigators, often on the front as he took the fight to Rabobank.

Behind, the Dutch squad was forced to chase, burning matches in the early part of the stage. The gap never went over two minutes, though, and by the start of the next climb with 50 kilometres to go it was Monfort who again grabbed the initiative, impulsively attacking as his breakaway companions began to struggle.

The first to blow was Ciolek. Not a strong climber and not in the best of form, the German quickly lost ground on the difficult terrain. Monfort’s move sparked the bunch into life and Cervélo TestTeam briefly helped Rabobank, who were by now down to the bare bones.

The opposition smelt blood and with a cunning smile across his face Jakob Fuglsang (Team Saxo Bank) attacked - another Rabobank rider was sacrificed to negate the Dane's move.

Up ahead there were various attacks, chases and dropped riders. Casar, a rider who initially struggled as much as Ciolek, came back to the leaders and briefly led but with two Caisse riders in good form the numbers were stacked in their favour.

Monfort, meanwhile, continued to almost race his own race, calculating the gap he needed to challenge Gesink in tomorrow’s time trial. With 30 kilometres to go anything looked possible as the gap began to stretch to over three minutes.

A brief counter attack from Voigt and a handful of riders had Gesink scrambling for help, Garate and Mollema forced to share their leader’s burden as more teams began to heap pressure on the Rabobank star.

As the leaders reached the final 10 kilometres Rojas and Da Costa turned the screw, attacking in tandem each time a rider dared to challenge their supremacy. Eventually, though, Da Costa forced a gap and with Casar blowing for a second time, Danielson long gone, Nordhaug and Vanotti put out of their misery and Monfort almost spent, the Portuguese rider was able to build up a small lead on the final climb.

Monfort held the gap at 12 seconds but with Rojas, a fine sprinter in his own right on his wheel, the writing was on the wall.

Meanwhile, Mollema took charge of the chase nullifying attacks from Schleck and Rodriguez, to spare Gesink’s blushes and put his leader in a strong position ahead of tomorrow’s time trial.

Full Results
1Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne4:10:32
2Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:15
3Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:19
4Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:34
5Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
6Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team
7Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:00:39
8Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:14
9Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team0:01:16
10Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank
11Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia
12Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo
13Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha
14Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack
15Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack
16Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
17Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step
18Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack
19Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank
20Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
21Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
22Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
23Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
24Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
25Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
26Edouard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha
27Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto
28Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo
29Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team
30Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
31José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
32Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
33Nicolas Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
34Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions
35Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step
36Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step
37Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
38Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank
39Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:22
40Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram0:02:19
41Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:02:27
42Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
43Juan José Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
44Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha
45Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank
46Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team
47Allan Davis (Aus) Astana
48Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions
49Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step
50Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
51George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team
52Martijn Maaskant NEd Garmin - Transitions (Ned) Garmin - Transitions
53Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
54Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack
55Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
56Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:25
57Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:09:15
58Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step
59Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia
60Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank
61Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana
62Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
63Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto
64Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Omega Pharma-Lotto
65Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana
66Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
67Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram
68Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team
69Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin - Transitions
70Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Radioshack
71Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
72Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
73Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne
74David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions
75Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux
76Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team
77Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto
78Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux
79Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank
80Luis Leòn Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
81Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack0:11:45
82Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale
83Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team Radioshack
84Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
85Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana
86Yevgeni Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Astana
87Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto
88Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team
89Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:16:19
90Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:16:48
91Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions
92Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
93Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
94Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo
95Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
96Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
97Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia
98Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia
99Noè Gianetti (Swi) Footon-Servetto
100Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team
101Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram
102Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Footon-Servetto
103Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team
104Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
105Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha
106Dimitri Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack
107Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana
108Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
109Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
110Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step
111Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
112Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram
113Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
114Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
115Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank
116Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
117Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step
118Francisco Javier Aramendia Llorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
119Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
120Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team
121Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank
122Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
123Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux
DNFMikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team Katusha
DNFAlexandre Pliuschin MOL Team Katusha
DNFMaxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana
DNFHayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia
DNFSimon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini
DNFAngelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
DNFDaniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFSimon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
DNFGerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
DNFPeter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram
DNFYauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux
DNSKim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha
DNSAlexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team
DNSPhilip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team
DNSKurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team

Points
1Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne25pts
2Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne20
3Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia16
4Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux13
5Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo11
6Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team10
7Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions9
8Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini8
9Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team7
10Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank6
11Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia5
12Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo4
13Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha3
14Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack2
15Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack1

Mountain 1 - Siglistorfer Höhe, 65.4km
1Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions5pts
2Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3
3Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack2
4Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia1

Mountain 2 - Wittnauer Höhe, 120.7km
1Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack5pts
2Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne3
3Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions2
4Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux1

Mountain 3 - Wintersinger Höhe, 136km
1Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia5pts
2Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3
3Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions2
4Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team1

Mountain 4 - Windenthaler Hôhe, 158km
1Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia5pts
2Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3
3Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne2
4Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux1

Sprint 1 - Liestal, 151.9km
1Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6pts
2Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team3
3Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia1

Sprint 2 - Olsbergstr, 161.4km
1Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne6pts
2Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia3
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1

Teams
1Caisse d'Epargne12:33:07
2Liquigas - Doimo0:01:35
3Sky Pro Cycling Team0:01:41
4Team RadioShack0:02:17
5Team Saxo Bank
6Quick Step
7Garmin - Transitions0:02:51
8Team Katusha0:03:28
9Euskaltel - Euskadi
10Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
11Team HTC - Columbia0:09:19
12Rabobank0:10:16
13Lampre - Farnese Vini0:11:25
14BMC Racing Team0:11:27
15Team Milram0:12:30
16AG2R - La mondiale0:13:25
17Française des jeux0:17:33
18Footon-Servetto0:18:15
19Astana0:19:26
20Omega Pharma - Lotto0:28:44
21Cervélo Test Team0:32:52

General classification after stage 8
1Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank34:27:47
2Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:29
3Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:36
4Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:38
5Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:42
6Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:54
7Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack0:00:55
8Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo0:01:01
9Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:01:17
10Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:38
11Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:01:40
12Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack0:01:48
13Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack0:02:18
14Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:02:19
15Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:02:24
16Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
17Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:02:57
18Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:51
19Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:03:58
20Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:03:59
21Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:04:08
22Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:04:22
23Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:05:00
24Nicolas Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:06:38
25Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:06:58
26Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:08:44
27Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:09:55
28Juan José Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:10:01
29Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank0:10:30
30Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:11:04
31George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team0:12:18
32Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:14:21
33Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:14:47
34Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:17:03
35José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:18:02
36Luis Leòn Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:20:26
37Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:21:17
38Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:21:38
39Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
40Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:21:41
41Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:22:08
42Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana0:22:21
43Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:22:28
44Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:22:44
45Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:23:36
46Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step0:24:34
47Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:24:44
48Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:25:01
49Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank0:25:38
50Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:26:27
51Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:27:19
52Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:27:22
53David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:27:25
54Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:28:18
55Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:30:59
56Edouard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:32:26
57Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana0:33:41
58Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:33:50
59Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:33:54
60Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:34:20
61Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank0:34:29
62Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack0:34:36
63Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:36:18
64Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step0:36:27
65Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:38:14
66Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:39:31
67Martijn Maaskant NEd Garmin - Transitions (Ned) Garmin - Transitions0:44:39
68Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia0:44:55
69Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux0:45:11
70Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank0:45:14
71Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram0:47:37
72Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:47:52
73Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:48:10
74Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:48:41
75Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:48:47
76Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:49:06
77Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:50:09
78Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:51:05
79Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack0:51:09
80Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:51:45
81Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:52:33
82Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:53:05
83Francisco Javier Aramendia Llorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:53:20
84Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:53:45
85Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale0:55:51
86Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana0:56:30
87Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:57:01
88Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1:00:23
89Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions1:01:10
90Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1:01:28
91Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank1:01:44
92Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step1:01:47
93Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team1:03:12
94Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo1:03:16
95Allan Davis (Aus) Astana1:03:38
96Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step1:03:49
97Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team1:04:56
98Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:05:21
99Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram1:05:33
100Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team1:06:39
101Dimitri Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack1:06:56
102Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin - Transitions1:07:26
103Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank1:07:31
104Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:09:06
105Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto1:09:14
106Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana1:10:35
107Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Radioshack1:11:36
108Yevgeni Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Astana1:13:16
109Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team1:13:42
110Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha1:14:46
111Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team Radioshack1:14:51
112Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Footon-Servetto1:16:23
113Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne1:16:24
114Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team1:17:45
115Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team1:18:44
116Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1:19:25
117Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step1:19:58
118Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram1:21:51
119Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia1:22:35
120Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia1:22:46
121Noè Gianetti (Swi) Footon-Servetto1:25:08
122Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:26:19
123Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank1:29:17

Points classification
1Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team50pts
2Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne50
3Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team43
4Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank33
5Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank28
6Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank27
7Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne25
8Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank24
9Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne24
10Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha24
11Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank20
12Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini20
13Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia20
14Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi20
15Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini19
16Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank19
17Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia18
18Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo18
19Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto17
20Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo16
21Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo16
22Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team15
23Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team15
24Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step15
25Martijn Maaskant NEd Garmin - Transitions (Ned) Garmin - Transitions15
26Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team14
27Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step14
28Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha13
29Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo13
30Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack13
31Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux13
32Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini12
33Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team11
34Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram11
35Luis Leòn Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne11
36Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo11
37Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini11
38Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack10
39Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team10
40Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team10
41Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions9
42Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team8
43Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank7
44Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank7
45Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team7
46Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank6
47Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step6
48George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team5
49Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin - Transitions5
50Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale4
51Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo4
52Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale3
53Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank3
54Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2
55Nicolas Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2
56Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram2
57Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank1
58Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step1
59Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions1
60Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team-5
61Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana-5
62Francisco Javier Aramendia Llorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi-5

Mountains classification
1Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team49pts
2Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team40
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank21
4Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi19
5Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team18
6Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team15
7Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo13
8Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia11
9Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo10
10Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi10
11Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions9
12Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne9
13Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team8
14Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram8
15Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Footon-Servetto8
16Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack7
17Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha7
18Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux6
19Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne5
20Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto5
21Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank5
22Martijn Maaskant NEd Garmin - Transitions (Ned) Garmin - Transitions5
23Francisco Javier Aramendia Llorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5
24Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne4
25Luis Leòn Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4
26Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank4
27Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions3
28Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank2
29Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux2
30Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team1

Sprint classification
1Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team16pts
2Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team15
3Francisco Javier Aramendia Llorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi12
4Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team9
5Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne7
6Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram7
7Juan José Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi6
8Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne6
9Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions6
10Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia6
11Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Footon-Servetto6
12Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia4
13Luis Leòn Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3
14Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3
15Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step3
16Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini3
17Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team3
18Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3
19Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank2
20Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1
21Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1
22Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step1
23Martijn Maaskant NEd Garmin - Transitions (Ned) Garmin - Transitions1
24Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1
25Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team1

Teams classification
1Team Saxo Bank103:24:40
2Team RadioShack0:03:42
3Caisse d'Epargne0:12:50
4Sky Pro Cycling Team0:12:56
5Liquigas - Doimo0:13:07
6Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:14:18
7Quick Step0:15:10
8Rabobank0:18:48
9Euskaltel - Euskadi0:20:38
10Team Katusha0:27:01
11BMC Racing Team0:32:24
12Garmin - Transitions0:38:58
13Team HTC - Columbia0:39:49
14Lampre - Farnese Vini0:44:49
15Française des jeux0:56:31
16Team Milram1:14:17
17AG2R - La mondiale1:15:03
18Omega Pharma - Lotto1:17:45
19Footon-Servetto1:29:04
20Astana1:29:21
21Cervélo Test Team2:26:58

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